As the number of COVID-19 cases arises, Cebu City may all revert to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) or Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
On June 14, 2020, Cebu City will undergo evaluation of quarantine status whether or not it will revert back to a stricter classification.
If the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continues to rise, the worse that could happen is for us to return to ECQ status, if rapid transmission is proven, said Dr. Tony Leachon, special adviser to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) under chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez.
In a Facebook Live session Sunday night, Leachon, said:
“IATF evaluation on June 14, pero kung mataas talaga ang datus pwedeng hindi mag hintay ng June 14 at ibalik ang ECQ o MECQ kung saan sila dati, depende po. May criteria ang national task force based sa real time and granular data.”
Cebu City was placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in the first week of June. However, the increasing number of cases worried Leachon.
By June 6, Cebu City recorded 2,548 cases against San Juan City’s 2,537 cases. San Juan is the local government in the National Capital Region with the most number of cases.
He said that he has alerted his fellow members of the national IATF.
For four consecutive days from June 7 to 10, 2020, Cebu City has been logging at least 100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases a day. As of yesterday, June 10, Cebu City already has a total of 3,089 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,719 recoveries and 34 deaths. Total recoveries is at 55.65% ratio while death rate is only at 1.10%.
They say that the virus is here to stay. Therefore, we must all be cautious and practice proper hygiene, but most importantly, we must stay at home.